The Home Stretch

Born and bred in the Tar Heel State, nothing says home like Stamey’s Barbecue.

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Chopped sandwich with a side of hush puppies

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Thanks to all who have been concerned about the weather.  So far we have managed to be one step ahead of the worst of it.  We’re in North Carolina visiting my sister and her husband, and the forecast looks pretty good for the next few days. Tomorrow we head for home.

 

Travels with Mollie

My 50th High School reunion beckoned me to Greensboro NC last week, but Russ opted to go hiking in the Adirondacks instead.  My friend Molly and I have mutual friends who live in NC, so we decided to make it a girl trip – my maiden voyage in Ollie without Russ!

The highlight of the reunion weekend was the Girl Scout luncheon, with 22 scouts from 2 troops attending.  It was wonderful being together again, learning the different paths we all took over the past 50 years.

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From Greensboro we headed west to visit our friend Sue in Asheville, touring the city, enjoying the views, and eating at some wonderful restaurants.

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Our way home took us 400 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with lots of twists and turns, beautiful views around every bend, and interesting stops along the way.

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The Blue Ridge Music Center offers an outstanding museum that traces the development of mountain music and free, live entertainment with local musicians every afternoon.
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Mabry Mill, in operation from 1910 to 1935, and currently home to some of the best Blackberry Cobbler you’ll ever eat!

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Our journey continued into Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive.  Today, August 25, 2016, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, truly America’s best idea!

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One more night on the road for now

We’ve had a terrific visit with my sister and her husband, and it was great seeing an old friend from high school (can it really be 50 years since we graduated, Steph?), and now we’re really coming down to the home stretch for this trip.  We have a busy spring in York, then hopefully will take off in June for our old stomping grounds in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks of New York.

A walk along the Eno River in Hillsborough NC led to this interesting structure made entirely of sticks.

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We’re in North Carolina for the next couple of days, visiting my sister and her husband. Diana and Barry fixed a wonderful dinner for us which we enjoyed in their bucolic backyard, then we all headed back to our campground so they could meet Ollie.

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A cheery campfire to end the day – thank you Barry!